Navigating Love and Money with Nicole Middendorf

Money is still a major taboo subject in a relationship—whether you’re on your first date or have been with your partner for multiple years. Money can be confusing and even, let’s just say, uncomfortable to discuss – wouldn’t it just be better if we all had this chip in us that allowed the other person to inherently know our money story without having to say a word.

Nicole Middendorf, a Wealth Advisor and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst with Prosperwell Financial, is here to thankfully help us take a deeper dive into how we navigate love and money. This fall her fifth book “Who Pays? Navigating Love and Money” will hit bookshelves. Nicole’s life goal is to reduce the divorce rate by helping couples – and especially women – feel less intimidated when talking about money. Yes, Please!

What You’ll Learn

  • What makes money so tough for couples to deal with
  • What you should and shouldn’t share about money in every phase of your relationship
  • How to figure out who should pay and whether it matters
  • How to deal with money in blended families
  • Why we’d rather get divorced then deal with money in our relationships
  • The #1 subject Nicole says every couple must talk about when it comes to money

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Finding Balance in Mt. Hood/River Gorge Oregon

To be good at anything in life, your career, your relationships, managing your money, etc. you need to find some balance. For my husband Jeff and me, that means escaping from time to time and finding places to explore that are about beauty, exploration, experiences and if we’re lucky, making a few friends along the way. On this episode, we invite you to escape with us to one of the most beautiful places in Oregon, the Mt. Hood/River Gorge area.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why balance is so important and not just a buzz word
  • How to find balance on just about any budget
  • How Ali McLaughlin created a business (MountnBarrel) with the sole purpose of helping others relax and enjoy life while sipping wine on a bike
  • The discoveries you can find traveling to unique places like a historic inn (Balch Hotel) in a tiny town and how that tiny town can change you in all the right ways
  • The serene beauty of the Oregon rivers and the healing power of the water along the Clackamas River
  • Why Mt. Hood/River Gorge should be on your travel to-do list

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How Did You Learn About Money? Talking Generational Differences Around Money & More With Lucas and Dr. Wayne Pernell

Most of us didn’t grow up with parent’s who taught us about money. Do you even remember how you learned about money? There is radio silence from our parent’s and family members because there is so much shame, guilt, and negative feelings inherent in all of us around money.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Wayne Pernell, aka Dr. P, on a much-loved previous episode. I was excited to sit down again with Dr. P and his son, Lucas who is in his 20’s, to talk about the generational differences around money and how we can work to break them apart.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why do generational difference exist when it comes to money
  • Is it too late to have money talks with our parent’s, and what should we talk about
  • The biggest money lessons Lucas and Dr. P learned and why each is important
  • How to recognize if you are stuck in a money pattern from your past
  • How your mind might be tripping up how you think, act, and feel about your money

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The Quest for Financial Independence with Bola Sokumbi

There always has to be a why when searching for financial independence. Why do you want to want to save money, why do you want to buy a house, why do you want to change your career, why do you want to retire early?

Whatever the why is for you, it’s important that you know why because your why determines everything – how much you need to save, where you should live, what things matter to you, and your why also keeps you from competing with others.

Our guest on this episode, Bola Sokumbi, is a finance expert, author, podcaster, and founder of Clever Girl Finance discovered her why way back in college when she saved 100K in three years – that is no small feat. She did all sorts of things to save the money, stuff that you and I might think is crazy… but it worked. And now she wants to show you how you can find your why, create massive change in your life, and have some fun doing it.

What You’ll Learn

  • The steps Bola took to save 100K in three years
  • The money lessons Bola learned from her mom that helped her in her financial journey
  • Why Bola decided to write a book and the chapters she thinks you need to read ASAP
  • What’s one piece of money advice Bola wished every woman knew
  • How to achieve big money goals when they feel so far away

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How Storage Boxes Can Help Solve Your Biggest Money Worry With Joseph Woodbury

What is your biggest money worry – not having enough money to pay off your student loan, maybe you’re in a mortgage that’s over your head right now,  or maybe you’re just trying to figure out how to quit your job and be a stay at home parent. You could win the lotto, but what about something as simple as earning passive income from the extra space in your home?

Joseph Woodbury is the CEO and co-founder of Neighbor.com and our guest on this episode. His company has a seemingly basic concept – rent out the extra space in your home to people who need affordable and local storage space, earn passive income and everyone is happy. But there’s more to the story.

What You’ll Learn

  • How  homeownership debt affects your ability to build wealth
  • What’s the deal with the antiquated storage solutions and why Joseph decided there need to be a change
  • The two big money problems Neighbor solves all at once
  • The power of passive income streams and how it can literally change your life
  • Why Neighbor loves debunking the myth that it is “too good to be true”

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How She Made Six Figures Blogging + You Can Too with Kate Kordsmeier

How would it make you feel if you launched a blog and it earned six figures in three short years? The skeptics say it’s not possible, but Kate Kordsmeier from Root + Revel did it and so can you.

What You’ll Learn

  • Debunking the biggest myths when it comes to blogging and earning an income
  • Kate’s story from journalist to full-time blogger earning over six figures in three years
  • The different ways you can make money as a blogger
  • What kind of setup you need to launch your blog (and why you don’t need to spend a ton of money upfront)
  • How to develop your niche as a blogger
  • When to take the leap from your job to full-time blogger
  • How much money you can reasonably make as a blogger and how much time you need to invest

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When You’d Rather Go To The Dentist Than Deal With Debt With Michael Micheletti

There isn’t much more that I dislike besides going to the dentist. However, in a recent study by Freedom Debt Relief, debt is still one of those taboo topics. Not only do we not want to talk about, but debt is also a silent killer of your dreams and goals and is the #1 cause of stress and anxiety around money.

Michael Micheletti, Director of Corporate Communications for Freedom Debt Relief, is dishing all the jaw-dropping revelations from this study and helping us understand the power of debt in all areas of our life.

What You’ll Learn

  • 41% of Americans said they do not set aside money for their retirement plan. Why is this is happening?
  • Do we have different debt now than previous generations?
  • Understanding why 40% of college grads thought their college education was not worth the cost.
  • What options do you have if you are in debt?
  • How to cultivate a good mindset when you are in debt.
  • What steps can we all take to be better prepared with our finances so we don’t go into debt?

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The Mystery Behind Why Healthcare Sucks With Dan Weissmann

As Dan Weissmann, host of An Arm and a Leg podcast says, “You gotta be ready to do some pretty good adulting to figure out this whole health care thing.”

Health care is crazy. People are declaring bankruptcy, no one really knows what kind of coverage they have, and the whole process is just plain screwed up. If you’ve been trying to understand health insurance and frustrated with the system in place, this podcast episode is for you!  As Dan says, we may be screwed, but at least we’re all screwed together.

What You’ll Learn

  • What do we really need to know about health insurance that the experts aren’t telling us
  • Why you should always negotiate your hospital bill – and how to do it
  • Some of the craziest stories Dan has heard on his podcast, An Arm and a Leg
  • How to figure your way through the cost of health insurance
  • Why you need to know what you have before a disaster happens
  • Why Dan decided to start the podcast and what’s up for season 2

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Grow Your Cash and Pay Off Your Student Loans With Robert Farrington

Student loan debt is real and politicians are fighting about it with no clear answers. Meanwhile, what you really want to know is can you actually pay off your student loans and build your wealth at the same time?

Robert Farrington, the mastermind behind The College Investor who is also America’s Student Loan Debt Expert, is dishing his tips to pay off your debt while balancing the need to grow your wealth.

I get asked this question a lot, “How can I grow wealth and invest when my student loan payment is draining my bank account?” It’s tricky, I know, and it’s emotional and stressful. My MBA cost me over $80K and there were many times I wondered was it actually worth it. The good news is it can be done – you can build wealth and still pay off your loans. It just takes a little elbow grease and a few tips to get you started.

What You’ll Learn

  • In what ways does  debt hold you back from growing your wealth
  • How to balance the emotions of debt and lean into the process of paying them off
  • What has caused the student loan debt issue and Robert’s thoughts on the future of college
  • Practical steps you can take to build wealth while you are paying off your debt
  • Robert’s student loan debt journey and how he achieved success

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The Secrets to Raising a Family and Paying Off Debt With Jessi Fearon

Jessi Fearon and her husband tackled two of life’s biggest challenges all at once – managing the cost of raising a family while simultaneously paying off debt of over $55 …they didn’t have superpowers or win the lottery, but we’re showing how they did it in this episode (and how you can as well).

As Jessi says, “Life takes on new meaning when you’re not strapped down by monthly payments. Living debt-free changes you in such beautiful and powerful ways.” Most of us have this love-hate relationship with debt – we love the stuff it buys us, but hate it when we’ve got to make those monthly payments. Debt-free is always the goal, but I’m going to be honest with you, working as a financial planner for over 15 years, debt comes and goals for most of us. So don’t beat yourself up if you’re in a debt phase…just keep putting one foot in front of another to chip away and let Jessi’s story inspire you to keep going.

 

What You’ll Learn

  • What does it mean to be debt-free
  • What paying off debt has taught Jessi about her relationship to money
  • How people get trapped in the debt cycle and what steps should you take to break it
  • How debt impacts your budget when you’re also raising a family
  • How to overcome roadblocks when you’re trying to pay off debt
  • How soon-to-be parents can prepare their bank accounts for a newborn
  • The one tip Jessi says you can’t live without when you’re trying to pay off debt

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